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Venus is the closest planet to the earth.

Venus Facts
  1. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun.
  2. Venus is the closest planet to Earth.
  3. A day on venus lasts longest than it's year.
  4. Venus rotates in the opposite direction of all the other planets. Looking down from it's north pole it rotates clockwise. The other planets rotate counter clockwise.
  5. Venus is the brightest object in the sky besides the sun and moon. In fact in very dark locations, venus has been known to cast shadows.
  6. Venus has been called both the morning star and the evening start because it is only seen near the sunrise and sunset. Think about it... It is close to the sun so it goes down and up near the sun. It is impossible for mercury or venus to be up in the sky at midnight because they are closer to the sun than the Earth.
  7. Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.
  8. The atmosphere atmosphere contains 96% carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), and 4% nitrogen which contributes to the high temperature.
  9. Venus does not have any moons
  10. Venus is closer in size and mass to the Earth than any other planet in our solar system.
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